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2013-02-27 05:24:10 PM
5 votes:
how bout the calvin pissing decals, because i can never start laughing at those.
2013-02-27 06:21:31 PM
4 votes:
That was the nicest cease and desist I've ever read.
2013-02-27 06:48:16 PM
3 votes:
And as a copyright holder, they have to go after anyone who uses the work in any capacity, or it diminishes their ability to assert in more egregious cases.
2013-02-27 05:37:22 PM
3 votes:
not cool to rip off Watterson like that.

he should try to create his own art and not just be derivative and not respect copyright holders.
2013-02-27 05:34:58 PM
3 votes:

SpikeStrip: how bout the calvin pissing decals, because i can never start laughing at those.


+1

Oh, and people need to RTFA because the headline has nothing to do with it.
2013-02-27 11:39:20 PM
2 votes:
Nice of the artist Den Beste to ask permission and to acquiesce. Knucklehead writer should know that a loving "huge fan of the original" would know that Watterson has staunchly defended his work. Den Beste knows and respects that, wins points.
2013-02-27 08:47:19 PM
2 votes:
www.nerfnow.com
2013-02-27 05:23:23 PM
2 votes:
Don't fark with Bill Watterson
2013-02-28 03:20:57 AM
1 votes:
I have a lot more respect for people who create something new than I do for people who try to get famous by recreating, re-imagining, or borrowing heavily from someone else's work.

Whether it Timbaland stealing songs and releasing them as his own, or Internet "artists" who only seem to be able to sketch already-published characters for their Etsy products, it's  cheap and  unethical  to use someone else's intellectual property without their permission, and it's basically  stealing  if you do it for a profit.

The only exception I make to this is that which is in the public domain, and even there I think there's a limit to it.You can only do so many re-imaginings of  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or The Man in the Iron Mask before people realize you're not actually  creating anything, but merely switching around someone else's efforts of imagination and inspiration for your own designs. Once in a while, doing something based on a public domain IP is fine, but making a career of it? That's cheap and I can't respect that as an artist.

In this case, Watterson has made it clear he does not want people to use his characters. They're HIS characters. He created them. He wrote them. He drew them. If you loved them, that's awesome, but don't assume that your love for them gives you any right to add to their story. It's not your story to tell.

It takes a lot of time, effort, creativity, luck, and imagination to come up with something of your own and then see it become published and popular enough that you can make a living with it. Look at it this way: Whatever you do for a career, would you like it if some jackass came along and took credit for all the work you did this month? And wouldn't it piss you off if-- by taking credit for your work-- he got a raise and you didn't? You'd plot the guy's demise! You'd be mad as hell! Whether you're a ditch-digger, accountant, fast food worker, waiter, doctor, or contractor, you'd be rightfully angry if all your efforts, all your work, was copied and modified slightly in order to line someone else's pockets.

And that's what this guy did. He COPIED someone else's work and modified it. He used the popularity that Watterson EARNED to make his own project popular and build his own credit with others. That's not cool. I don't care if it's an homage or a derivative work, it's still basically riding someone else's coattails instead of getting there on your own creativity and steam.

I give points for asking about it, but people who are saying there was nothing wrong with it are failing to understand just how important it is to an artist that their work remains THEIR work.

I'm not talking about file-sharing here. If you're popular enough to have people who want to steal the media you release for their own viewing/listening pleasure, that's kind of cool. It means you made it. I'm talking about people who steal the actual work (or parts of it) and then put it out there as their own creation. That's bogus, it's not creative, and it tells me someone's trying to take the easy/cheap path to success and/or fame.

/Pissing Calvin sticker owners should be locked up in an Iranian prison.
//If anything goes against the spirit of the character, it's those abominations.
2013-02-27 11:58:42 PM
1 votes:
www.joeydevilla.com

And all was right with the world, again.
2013-02-27 10:38:30 PM
1 votes:

insano: miscreant: insano: Well this is a Calvin and Hobbes thread. Is someone going to post the really sad one?

Just for you:

[media.tumblr.com image 402x511]

I know it was obligatory, but now I'm depressed.


Eddie Ate Dynamite: So uh...I was having a pretty good evening. Then you posted this. God dammit.


Then allow me to post this nifty antidote, courtesy of Pants Are Overrated (Dan & Tom Heyerman & Hazel Mae Donovan):
i.imgur.com
This is strip #1 of 4. The others can be found easily enough with an image search,

There have been other "Calvin Grown-Up, Has Child, Gives Him/Her Hobbes" tributes (including someone else doing sequels to these), but none that I know of that could be this easily mistaken for Watterson's work.
2013-02-27 10:34:53 PM
1 votes:

miscreant: insano: Well this is a Calvin and Hobbes thread. Is someone going to post the really sad one?

Just for you:

[media.tumblr.com image 402x511]


Man, I especially hate that one because that's @#%#@ NOT HOW ADHD MEDICATION WORKS.
2013-02-27 10:02:48 PM
1 votes:

TheZorker: How is this not parody?


Parody requires some kind of commentary on the original work. These pieces don't really do that.
2013-02-27 09:10:33 PM
1 votes:

insano: Well this is a Calvin and Hobbes thread. Is someone going to post the really sad one?


i.imgur.com
Sure, why not?
2013-02-27 07:44:47 PM
1 votes:

ShawnDoc: unlikely: And as a copyright holder, they have to go after anyone who uses the work in any capacity, or it diminishes their ability to assert in more egregious cases.

You're thinking of Trademarks, where you can lose it if you don't rigorously defend it.


I'm not a lawyer but I work with a lot of writers and artists who deal with this daily.
I defer to their professional understanding, which has always been as I expressed previously.
2013-02-27 07:25:28 PM
1 votes:

unlikely: And as a copyright holder, they have to go after anyone who uses the work in any capacity, or it diminishes their ability to assert in more egregious cases.


You're thinking of Trademarks, where you can lose it if you don't rigorously defend it.
2013-02-27 06:48:56 PM
1 votes:

tenpoundsofcheese: not cool to rip off Watterson like that.

he should try to create his own art and not just be derivative and not respect copyright holders.


Sorta like your politics tab posts?
 
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